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What a Marine Taught Me About Jesus

About a month ago, I was asked to be one of the contributors for Kirk Cameron’s new website, The Courage. I am deeply honored to be working with his team to spread hope and strength to larger audience of Christians! Please take some time today to sign up for email updates and follow the site on Facebook and Twitter. They have some amazing articles from a broad range of talented contributors. In addition to working with The Courage, I’ll still be posting regularly here at Elihu’s Corner to encourage you on your walk with the Lord and help you draw closer to Him.

My first article went live today, and I wanted to share it with all of you, my very dear readers, who have been such an encouragement to me over the past two years since I started blogging.

May you be encouraged today to live, as Jesus lived, saying, “My life for yours.”

What a Marine Taught Me About Jesus


A few days ago, I found myself sitting in a quiet waiting room with my kids. While they were playing with the toy set in the room, my eyes fell upon a small picture of a Marine. The young man sat in his dress uniform, his face giving just a hint of a steely smile. His knees and lower legs were exposed, revealing two prosthetic legs. Beneath his picture, the caption read, “Regrets? No, Mr. President, none that I can think of.”

This Marine had two well-functioning limbs taken from his body in the course of fighting in the war. Can you imagine living without the legs you were born with? Instead of sulking in bitterness or succumbing to depression, he expresses no regrets in such a loss.

People like that Marine—military personnel, law enforcement officers, first responders—run toward the danger everyone else is trying to escape. They risk death or injury to help those who cannot help themselves….

(Read the rest of this article here at The Courage)

13 thoughts on “What a Marine Taught Me About Jesus

      1. Wow, Beckie! That is amazing! How exciting. You are doing such a fabulous job spreading the word for the Lord! May He continue to bless you


  1. So often we get caught up in our own confusion. We lose sense of priorities and seem to exist and function rather than LIVE and EXPERIENCE the wonders of our world. We see this common social path and needing social acceptance, follow among the throngs. This is NOT the path we were destined to follow. It is the path of least resistance and the one many (unfortunately) CHOOSE to follow.


  2. Thank you for posting the story: What a Marine taught me about Jesus. As a veteran myself, I can’t tell you how much it means to see public support by those who have influence, so again, thank you.

    I don’t believe in coincidence so I must attribute this to a more divine explanation. The Marine referenced in the article is a very brave, inspirational and humble soul whom I have the privilege of calling a friend. His name is John Jones. John is a retired Marine Staff Sergeant whose Humvee was struck on Jan 03, 2005 in Iraq by a double stack anti-tank mine. John underwent over 30 surgeries and clinically died (twice) in efforts to save his life. As a result John lost both of his legs. At first John was not sure about how he felt regarding his photo being used in a “Meme,” the one referenced in the article, about having no regrets, but it’s true he has none about his service to our great nation.

    The parallel is I, along with John, and a team of veteran writers have just completed writing a full length feature script and an episodic version (8 one hour episodes) memorializing John’s incredible story. We’ve also just launched our social media platforms and a crowd funding effort on Indiegogo to attract the right team to help bring John’s story to the widest and broadest audience possible. Furthermore, our story is unique by “Hollywood” standards in that there is NOT ONE curse or swear word in the entire script. There is a bright light which shines upon not just the veteran, but the military spouse, who really is the backbone of our fighting forces. Our story lifts up the “unsung heroes” who are instrumental in the recovery of our wounded warriors, including a Chaplain who helps our wounded warrior recover even spiritually. We managed to stay true to our convictions on God’s Word and also keep the story completely accurate and authentic as through lens of actual veterans, including John himself.

    Any support you could give to these efforts would be greatly appreciated and the fact that we “stumbled” upon your article which “happened” to be about John while we are just going public with this project, in my mind, proves to me God has a plan for this story. There have been many of these confirmations along the way which have been encouraging. Sorry if this was long winded, I just wanted to share what was in my heart in reaction to the article you posted on The Courage.

    Please feel free to visit our Facebook page: Down Range Page and our Indiegogo campaign at the link below. There is a video of John and I talking about the story and how it came about on the Indiegogo site. Thank you so much for all you do. May God continue to use and bless you.

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    1. Words fail me. What an amazing story!

      First and foremost, I want to express my deepest and sincerest gratitude to you and John for your service to our country. I know the cost goes far beyond the ultimate sacrifice; the scars of war aren’t just external.

      I have to tell you that I hesitated even writing the article, because I had trouble tracking down the person the meme was connected to. I wasn’t sure if it was a legitimate quote or not, but being the child of a Vietnam Vet, the grandchild of two World War II Vets (one also served in Korea), and the spouse of a military vet, I knew the sentiment was legitimate. I am so honored to hear from you and find great delight in finally putting names (and a story) with the face.

      I would love to interview you guys at some point. It’d be great to let more people know about your endeavor and your story. In the states, we too easily forget our men and women over in the sandbox and we cannot remind people enough about their sacrifice. (You can contact me via email

      May you be blessed in your endeavor and I hope to hear from you again.


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